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You can have the home of your dreams and it doesn’t have to cost the Environment!

We all want our dream home.

And the ethically conscious ones like you and I have become aware of the terrible impact we are having on our environment.

Did you know we have lost half of all wildlife in the past 40 years???

We have used two thirds of the world’s resources like coal, oil and gas……This cannot go on for ever……
It’s time to make a change…… For our children’s sake! So you’re in the right place……

Want to find out how easy it is to save our environment while building your dream home?

Let us tell you a story

We are Michael Burns and Simon Clark, the founders of Sustainable Homes Melbourne.

We are both self-confessed timber nerds and have come a long way from the days when we were swinging a hammer as carpentry apprentices.

We both completed our apprenticeships in 2005 and began operating our own respective building companies, never thinking twice about the thermal performance of a home or thinking too much about the impact our homes had on the environment.

But after more than 10 years in the industry and 6 years running our own companies as young men, we felt stale and unmotivated and thought there must be more to life.

So in 2012 we packed up our respective businesses and left for the trip of a lifetime overseas!

We travelled together for the best part of a year through the US, Canada, the UK and Europe and couldn’t help but observe what was happening in the construction industry in each of these countries and realizing Australia is so far behind the rest of the world.

We started to believe that maybe there’s a better more ethically conscious way of building the homes we live in and they don’t have to harm the planet.

After returning home midway through 2013 and feeling a new life direction and purpose as to why we were in the building industry, we knew we had to start Sustainable Homes Melbourne to increase the quality of homes being built in Australia and lower the effects we are having on the environment.

So in February 2014, we did!

Sustainable Homes Melbourne was founded with the vision to enable ethical and environmentally conscious people to build the homes of their dreams.

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Simon Clark

Simon has been in the construction industry since the year 2000, is a qualified carpenter, registered builder and has the following accreditations;

  • Cert III in Building and Construction
  • Cert IV in Building and Construction
  • Diploma in Green Energy Assessment completed in London, England
  • Certified green builder with the HIA Greensmart program

Simon founded STC Builders and Contractors for 6 years prior to 2012 where he then spent 18 months overseas traveling and studying.

Since returning from overseas Simon has dived head first into the sustainable living movement participating in the Alternate Technology Australia events as a Sustainable professional, volunteers on a number of committee’s like the Australian Passive House Association.

Simon’s role at Sustainable Homes Melbourne is the General Manager and Head of Solutions.

Michael Burns

Michael has been in the construction industry since 2001, is a qualified carpenter, registered builder and has the following accreditations;

  • Cert III in Building and Construction
  • Cert IV in Building and Construction
  • Is an accredited residential estimator under Cert IV in Building and Construction

Michael operated MHB building and construction for 5 years prior to 2012 where he then spent 9 months overseas traveling.

Since returning from overseas Michael began working for a large company in the commercial sector but felt no fulfillment.

Michael now found a new lease of life since co-founding Sustainable Homes Melbourne. He is driven to impact the construction industry in Australia while lowering the impact we are having on the environment.

Michael’s role at Sustainable Homes Melbourne is Head of Operations and Finance.



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If your project needs a practical, transparent, hardworking and clever building team, especially with renovations when you can’t predict the unknowns, commercial or residential, we are happy to recommend Simon and Michael.